Viva Challenge: make peace with your liver
In my post “Is your liver causing your skin problems?“, I’ve mentioned that I’ll be sharing ways to strengthen a sluggish liver. There are many ways but for a start, let’s all stop getting angry. Yes, I’m not kidding. Outbursts of anger and constant irritability are destructive emotional energies that can hurt your liver in the long run.
In fact, both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine relate anger with poor liver function. Believers of TCM are also probably familiar with “liver fire”, as that is something commonly diagnosed for those with a weakened liver. Liver is considered as the seat of anger; it stores not only your anger but the anger from others as well and the toxic energy stored will eventually affect the organ’s function. Run a search on the topic online and you’ll find many articles related to this; one of these is about organs and emotions. A TCM practitioner will tell you that anger injures the liver’s yin energy and that in turn results in a flare up of liver yang energy and can cause headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, and mental confusion.
Taxed by poor eating habits
Of course, the liver is also taxed by a poor diet, but I would say anger is probably a root cause. I’ve got a quick temper and used to have emotional outbursts from time to time. So despite having improved on my eating habits, my body has often been diagnosed as “heaty”, with “liver fire”. So my liver was loaded with toxins, consumed by anger. That was why after my 14-day detox session, my mood was so positive that I was really happy about everything and everyone. In addition, my skin tone also improved and it was a truly wonderful feeling! You can read more about my experience here: detox to lose weight and feel good. Unfortunately, three months later, I was back to feeling sluggish and I had to go back to taking the detox supplements to improve my condition.
Simple liver cleansing pose
I think improving our liver needs to be a long term, disciplined process. I’m going to look into the process and write a plan for myself, which I’ll eventually share it here. But to kick start, I thought I’ll share with you an easy liver cleansing yoga breathing pose.
Release your negative emotional energy
In addition, I wanted to create a challenge around this to urge everyone to make peace with your liver by not getting angry. It sounds easy but we all know how tough this can get. But difficult as it may sound, it is possible. Learn to be more forgiving and instead of storing up the anger, engage in physical activities to release these negative emotions. You can also consider verbalizing and expressing such emotions so that you do not contain them; I swear in private and that helps me. Crying and laughing will help too.
Love your liver
At the end of the day, if you make peace with your liver, it’s going to help your other organs, such as the gallbladder too. And you know that the healthier you are, the better you’ll look. So stop getting angry and start loving your liver today!